Match 2 Recap of the 3 Game St. Louis Derby
SECOND MATCH AGAINST CROSS TOWN RIVAL ENDS IN A DRAW
June 19, 2017 - Article coauthored by Lions Intern, Lauren Lemp
The Lions played their second game against STLFC U23 on Saturday. At the start STLFC U23 had a strong hold on the possession, but it was not long before Lions reacted. Paul Migliarina put the Lions up with 1-0 after an interception from a back pass that they finished off well in the 39th minute. Defense kept the pressure high to end the first half with Lions still on top.
One minute into the second half and Lions were awarded a penalty. Cojocov took the opportunity and turned it into a goal exceeding the Lions lead to 2-0. STLFC U23 reacted quickly and cut the Lions lead in half with a goal off a corner kick in the 52nd minute. Intensity heightened, saves were made, cards were shown, and shots on goal kept the level of the game high. In 71st minute after plenty of scrappy play, the referee gave a penalty against the Lions which brought the game even at 2-2. After the second STL FC goal the Lions were pressing for a third, and Joe Lamont thundered a shot off the crossbar. A few minutes later Chris Johnson had a rocket parried onto the post by the keeper. The Lions had a third attempt blocked in a goalmouth scramble, but the score stayed the same with both teams sharing the points.
Head Coach Tony Glavin said, “I thought the score was fair, with both teams having their chances at goal. A point keeps us within reach of our goal, a playoff spot.”
This fierce competition is to be continued away from home on Wednesday 21st June at 5:30pm between the St. Louis rivals, in Collinsville, Illinois.
The Lions next home game is Sunday, June 25th when they face the Cincinnati Dutch Lions. For tickets, click here.